Airbnb and Dutch airline KLM kicked-off a new partnership in December in the coolest way possible, by creating an aircraft apartment at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

A recently retired McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was converted into a pop-up apartment complete with beds, a home cinema, former seats as lounges, a kids play area, galleys as kitchens and an outdoor terrace behind the wings.

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As part of the campaign, the plane was available for a one-night stay as part of a competition that drew 10,000 entries and KLM said the guests “thoroughly enjoyed their extraordinary home for a night despite the ban on using the inflatable emergency slide and roasting marshmallows in the jet engines”.

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As part of the longer term partnership, KLM travellers will be able to search for a place to stay on Airbnb through the KLM website along with their flight booking.

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“Airbnb and KLM both connect people around the world and our product portfolios are complimentary… no long flight without accommodation,” said Martijn van der Zee, SVP E-Commerce for Air France KLM.

“And since both companies share a passion in offering their customers an inspiring travel experience, it made perfect sense to join forces.”

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To view a video of the one-time apartment, click on the YouTube image at the top of the page.

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James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management